Deshpande Foundation continues its support to the District Administration in combating the second wave of Covid-19
Understanding the critical situation in the country due to the covid-19 pandemic and the challenges faced by the government with respect to its health care system, Deshpande Foundation has identified the need gap and has come forward again as in 2020 to support the District Administration through its areas of strength such as technology, operations, infrastructure, human resource etc. The foundation strongly believes that the support initiatives and pandemic relief efforts could make a difference in battling through the covid-19 situation in the district of Dharwad.
In the first week of May 2021, Deshpande Foundation provided 300 cots and beds to the Dharwad District Hospital and Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Hubballi. Deshpande Skilling Centre hostel infrastructure has been provided as a quarantine facility which can accommodate a maximum of 750 patients at any given period. The volunteers of the foundation are also providing the hygiene kit to the daily wagers and vagabonds. The foundation is also assisting the District Administration as capacity builders and knowledge partners as per the exigencies.
The foundation’s covid-19 task force is working round the clock with the District Administration and it is committed to provide not just the immediate covid-19 relief requirements but also additional support that may be required for Hubballi-Dharwad in the coming days.
Deshpande Foundation harnesses resources to support Covid-19 crisis efforts
In a few short weeks, the advent of the Covid-19 virus has changed the world dramatically. Who would have imagined the striking changes that have happened in such a short time? Around the globe countries have curbed activities, closed establishments and imposed stay at home policies. Many activities have been cancelled or postponed. The foundation too has gone virtual and is repurposing its efforts to address the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. We would like to highlight some of the ongoing work in the following articles.
The Deshpande Foundation salutes all the frontline workers and volunteers who are working day and night to protect people and curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We hope you stay safe and healthy.
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Deshpande Foundation Startups build and hand over Covid-19 tracking dashboard to local administration
As a result of discussions with local authorities, the Deshpande Foundation identified several data related challenges in tracking and monitoring Covid-19 cases as they get identified. Working closely with the District Commissioner, Deepa Cholan, Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation Commissioner Suresh Itnal and BRTS DGM Ganesh Rathod and their teams, the foundation harnessed the help of two Deshpande Startup companies, LinkEZ and DocketRun to develop a tracking solution. Within 48 hours, the two companies working closely with the Smart Cities team built a robust dashboard that provides real time information on Covid cases, location of hot spots and helps identify if facilities are available to accommodate new cases.
Deshpande Foundation delivers 15,000 face masks to Zilla Parishad offices made by Navodyami micro-entrepreneurs
The Deshpande Foundation has taken the initiative to reduce the spread of Covid-19 by providing the best quality “Safe Masks”. Harnessing the efforts of over 50 women micro-entrepreneurs that are part of the Foundation’s Navodyami micro-entrepreneurship program, it was able to produce over 15,000 masks that were delivered to the local Zilla Parishad’s office. The masks were made to the highest standards using 100% cotton cloth with triple layer design to increase protection. The masks meet durability and washing standards as per WHO. They are tested with the standard candle blow test to ensure no particle penetration. The masks donated to the Zilla Parishad will be distributed to Municipal Corporation, Police and other frontline institutions. In addition, masks are being made for donors and individuals also. While the masks are being donated to organizations, the masks provide a sustainable livelihood for the women micro-entrepreneurs.
Deshpande Startup’s Boonbox and Freshboxx help deliver essentials in city and rural areas
A major problem during the Covid lockdown was people going out to buy essential items and food and violating the social distancing norms. The Foundation partnered with Boonbox, an established e-commerce company with deep penetration into rural India. Working together with Boonbox, the combined resources of Deshpande Startups and the Deshpande Foundation Agriculture, Micro-entrepreneurship and Skilling teams helped provide supplies in rural areas. This was especially important in rural areas which struggle to find essentials. In addition, Freshboxx, another Deshpande Startup, used its resources to distribute groceries and vegetables within Hubballi-Dharwad. The robust partnership with local authorities helped to arrange for the necessary passes to ensure smooth deliveries.
Dr. Abhay Jere holds online session with Deshpande Foundation founder
Deshpande Foundation founder Dr. Gururaj ‘Desh’ Deshpande was invited to participate in and online Leadership Talk hosted by Dr. Abhay Jere, Chief Innovation Officer, Ministry of HRD, Govt of India and National Coordinator-Project 'Manav'-Human Atlas Initiative. In wide ranging conversation with Dr. Jere, Desh encouraged students to take advantage of the current Covid crisis to look for opportunities to make a difference. With the time available, they should look to become problem solvers and come up with new ideas. The talk was well received with nearly 10,000 views online. You can hear the entire conversation at:www.pscp.tv/w/1lPKqVoNRDnGb?t=329